Chloe Mandry's story: Why I chose to study Early Childhood Studies!
Q: Why did you pick the BA Hons Early Childhood Top Up course?
A: I had completed the foundation degree in Early Childhood studies which I had absolutely loved so it felt like a natural progression. I chose to carry on with Early Childhood at Chichester specifically because all of the lecturers are so supportive and encouraging.
Q: What does your current role involve?
A: Through my degree I have had a few different roles as I have wanted to gain experience in a range of settings. In my first year I worked as a 1:1 teaching assistant, in my second year I worked in a Nursery and for my third year, I have decided to be a Nanny as I have found it fits in well around my studies. I currently care for three children aged 3, 8 and 10.
Q: How has the course helped you in your current role?
A: The course has helped me in all of my roles. I had always worked with children but learning about the theories behind why we do certain things is fascinating. Such as attachment theory. The course has helped me to see different perspectives and appreciate that there are so many different ways of working with children and families. The course is full of people who work with children and meeting each week and having discussions and debates about our practice has really helped to open my eyes and teach me new ways of doing things.
Q: What are your future ambitions?
A: Long term I would really like to work in a therapeutic or counselling role with children.
Q: Which modules have you found particularly beneficial and why?
A: I have genuinely found all of the modules interesting in one way or another but the one’s that really stands out to me are, Behaviour, Pregnancy and baby care and therapeutic play. I found that all of these modules helped to develop my way of thinking and I really enjoyed learning about them all. All three of those modules are also linked to my personal interests with working with children. The lecturers made the topics really interesting and clearly had lots of experience surrounding the subjects.
Q: What would you say is the best feature of the course?
A: For me it has been feeling valued and supported by all of the lecturers. Before starting University I found out I was Dyslexic and I never imagined I would even come to university, let alone be getting good grades! For anyone who is considering this course and maybe feeling anxious like I was, just know that you will be supported and given so much time.